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    The litany, found on page 20, apparently ties into the hunt but its deeper meaning is still unknown. Every 2 lines describing a jewel points directly to a P.

    THE LITANY OF THE JEWELS

    What are the treasures the Fair Folk bring?
    Easily named, and lovingly told:
    Fairies of England proudly bear
    Garnet, crown-jewel of their Queen. ---- (P3)
    Brilliant as eyes of Celtic folk,
    Cold morning green, their Emerald. ---- (P5)
    The Hadas of Iberia:
    Sapphire, shy as a wild field flower. ---- (P6)
    Turquoise the Fays of France keep: stone
    Rare as a blue midsummer's day. ---- (P7)
    Dwarves' treasure: purple Amethyst,
    Imperial star of Germany. ---- (P10)
    The Opal of the Lowland Gnomes:
    A cloud of shining, shifting smoke. ---- (P9)
    A Topaz is the Russian prize:
    The royal sunstone, frozen fire. ---- (P12)
    Peridot of old Italy:
    Antique, and olivine, and rich. ---- (P11)
    The Ruby out of Araby:
    Scarlet of desert sky at dawn. ---- (P8 )
    Africa's Diamond, earth-born star,
    Bright harvest of the midnight rock. ---- (P2)
    The Nymphs of Hellas cherish sweet
    Aquamarine, spring-water clear. ---- (P4)
    From far Cathay, the dragon's Pearl:
    Chaste, perfect as the silver moon. ---- (P1)
    Each jewel in its weird-wrought casque,
    Gift of the Viking craftsmen Elves.
    Wonder and glory thirteen-fold:
    These are the treasures the Fair Folk bring.



    There is some speculation that this ties into the Passage of the Fair People on pg 10...showing approximate locations for each jewel.

    The tie ins with the P's seems needed when looking at the most recently found casque in Cleveland, containing the aquamarine (P4). This line says "The The Nymphs of Hellas cherish sweet Aquamarine, spring-water clear." Hellas is the Greek name for Greece and the casque was located within the Greek Cultural Garden in Cleveland.

    now onto the other P's lines:

    P1 - Cathay is a medieval name for China popularized by Marco Polo in accounts of his travels. Overall theme for this P is China.
    - dragon's pearl - dragon robe

    P2 - Africa's diamond - theme is Africa with lion and mask.

    P3 - England - looks medieval with the armor. Could possibly relate to the one casque in Canada?

    P4 - explained above

    P5 - Celtic folk & Chicago? The large Irish population there?

    P6 - Iberia = Spain + Portugal. Spanish conquistador

    P7 - Fays of France - French Quarters in New Orleans? LA full of french descendants.

    P8 - Araby = The country of Arabia. Theme of P....sand dunes, camel, djinn, etc...

    P9 - ?????

    P10 - treasure of Germany - is there a large german population in Milwaukee?

    P11 - Looks like we need to focus on Italy here. Where did many Italian immigrants settle?

    P12 - Russian prize....again, focus on Russian immigrants? Still like NY for this one.


    Just a few more things to ponder.
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    sorry, the first smiley shouldnt be there.

    The Ruby out of Araby: Scarlet of desert sky at dawn. goes with P8
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    Research shows that over half of the Russian immigrants settled in NY and Pennsylvania.

    Large numbers of Russians settled in the Lower East Side of New York.

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